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The armies of the Western world are very well equipped, but they won't be fighting each other any time soon. Instead, the more common enemy now is the rag-tag insurgent who uses hit and run tactics to make up for their lack of funding. That is why ambush prevention is very important in today's warfare.

That's why SpotterRF threw together a backpack mounted radar that only weighs four pounds and is easy enough to operate that the company claims the average soldier should be able to use it within 30 to 60 minutes of familiarization. If a potential ambush is within 150 acres, the radar starts tracking it.

The full kit includes two of the radars (since each one tracks at only a 90 degree angle), an Android tablet to follow the radar feed visually via Google Maps, RaptorX or FalconView, a battery hub, a backpack and a tripod to set it all up. The full equipment kit weights just under 20 lbs.

There is not a lot of potential use outside of the military, but it will save lives because in a world where insurgent tactics are so commonly used against the more technologically advanced foe, a lot of lives are lost to ambushes. If the radar could somehow be upgraded to detect roadside bombs as well, it would be an invaluable tool for peacekeeping missions.

By Denis Ivanov

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